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Anime is having a small moment in hip-hop: Earlier this year, Lupe Fiasco named his latest album Tetsuo & Youth, partly after the teen biker from the massively popular Japanese manga series Akira. Incorporating that influence even deeper into his music is Logic, a 25-year-old rapper from Maryland whose just-released sophomore album intersects the worlds of anime and rap. The Incredible True Story is a concept album set 100 years in the future, during a time when Earth's remaining 5 million must live aboard a spaceship. Steve Blum, who voiced Spike Spiegel on the anime series Cowboy Bebop, plays Quentin Thomas, the captain of a ship traveling to another planet. As much as Logic admittedly fanboys out to anime, he's well aware not everyone shares his passion for "nerd stuff." (He can solve a Rubik's cube in one minute and emails with Neil deGrasse Tyson; don't even try and outnerd »
- Chris Wade,Dee Lockett
Villordsutch interviews Run and they talk all things Mutafukaz…
Mutafukaz (Vol.1) was released back in October 2015 and it is quite brilliant (you can catch our review of it here). Not your average comic and certainly not following the normal rules of how a comic should flow, this piece of art by creator, artist and writer Run was described by us here at Flickering Myth as – “An insane treat from beginning to end!”. With a Mutafukaz film on the way we took some of Run’s time to question him on all things Dead Meat City.
Villordsutch: When you began creating Angelino and his world, was this something you knew people would relish or did you feel initially you were creating something for yourself to enjoy?
Run: I’m not going to lie, to start with I just created the characters for fun. I latched onto their looks, and that’s about it. »
Japanese animation is at an interesting crossroads. At home, it’s obviously as big as ever, and there’s a smattering of hardcore otaku across the world. But the filmmakers who won the most acclaim for those movies, in the West at least, have started to drift away—Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki has retired, as has his colleague Isao Takahata, with their Studio Ghibli home winding down, while Satoshi Kon passed away five years ago, and “Akira” helmer Katsuhiro Otomo hasn’t made an animated feature in a decade. But there is hope, and some of it is in the form of director Mamoru Hosoda, who’s become one of the most hotly-tipped anime filmmakers of the last few years. Though he came from somewhat ignoble beginnings (his first feature was “Digimon: The Movie,” and he was allegedly fired off Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”), he’s consistently impressed with »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, the legendary Australian director told them:
“There was talk of it,” he said, “But I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything.”
Miller also debunked rumours that Fury Road itself was, in fact, based on Akira.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of anime and the precision of that and to some degree Manga, even though I don’t read Japanese, but just the aesthetic of it. So Akira might have been one of the many movies but it certainly wasn’t »
- Paul Heath
Speaking to Yahoo!, Miller explained that he had to turn it down due to time constraints.
"There was talk of [directing the live action Akira]," he said, "But I've got so many things on my dance card, I don't have the time to do everything."
Against a backdrop of civil unrest, the government and military continue to pursue inadvisable experiments on young psychics.
Warner acquired the rights to the legendary manga in 2008, and has since been fighting to bring it to the big screen, but with little success.
The live action feature film version of an American Akira is like Rasputin; no matter how many people try to kill it dead, it has enough resolve to live on. Similar to Shia Labeouf’s resume, the project has been passed around from one Hollywood shot-caller to the next, in hopes that someone will be brave enough to pick it up.
Akira is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by the revered Katsuhiro Otomo, who later directed an anime film of the series that is widely regarded as one of the best animated films of all time. The original story of Akira is set in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, 2019, and follows bikers Shotaro Kaneda and Tesuo Shima. Tetsuo develops telekinetic powers, leading Kaneda to try and stop him from releasing a powerful entity known as Akira.
Akira has yet to find a visionary brave enough to not only tackle its sprawling, »
- Vince Cicchino
The news reaches the webs via Den Of Geek, who report that the British director is ‘involved’ in a new ‘trilogy’ based on the classic story, and has met with an previousley attached filmmaker within the last three months to talk about the project. Talent that has been involved in the project before include Jaume Collet-Serra, though the site doesn’t name the person who Nolan spoke to regarding the project.
So does that mean he’s producing? Directing? Well, we don’t know, but Daredevil season 2/ Sons Of Anarchy scripter Marco J. Ramirez has been hired by the studio to write a new version of the script. There’s not a lot more news bar that, but its an exciting thought to know »
- Paul Heath
Akira is a movie which has been trapped in development hell for years now, with news of an adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic manga and anime first coming way back in 2002. Various actors and directors have since been attached for varying periods of time, but the movie has always failed to come together. However,
- Josh Wilding
The report adds that Nolan has been brought in to talk with “a previously attached filmmaker” about the project.
This week, it was announced that Nolan’s next film as director will be released in 2017 and, with no title announced for that project, this report will ignite speculation that Nolan could be getting behind the camera for Akira.
- Tom Beasley
Fans of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga Akira have been waiting several years for this project to arrive on the silver screen, but there has been very little progress since the movie was first put into development way back in 2002. A number of filmmakers have been attached since then, with the latest being Jaume Collet-Serra. But he dropped out of the project back in June. Today we have a new, unconfirmed report from Den Of Geek, which claims that Christopher Nolan could be making Akira his next directorial project, which will be the first in an Akira trilogy.
Just last week, we reported that Warner Bros. has set a July 21, 2017 release date for Christopher Nolan's next film, although no title or story details were given. The site claims that Akira may be this mystery movie set for the summer of 2017, since the filmmaker reportedly met with an unidentified filmmaker who »
Akira. The very name is probably enough to start some Warner Bros. executives weeping into their hands after years of torturous development that has so far yielded a lot of script drafts, plenty of fantasy casting and even some director interest, but no actual movies. Now – while this is strictly confined to rumour territory – Den Of Geek has heard that the studio might be going all in on the project and plotting a potential trilogy. Yes, despite all the trouble it has had getting anything in gear on the adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s genre-smashing anime, Warners has toughed it out, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way still aboard to produce however many films do finally emerge.The last word on the film was in June of this year, when Sons Of Anarchy veteran and current Daredevil co-showrunner Marco J. Ramirez was writing a script. And while making a trilogy »
Remember that live-action Akira reboot incubating in development hell over at Warner Bros.? Of course you do. It seems every other month brings a new status report on the long-gestating project, and it’s often anyone’s guess whether said tidbit is good news or bad. According to a fresh rumor unearthed by Den of Geek, however, today’s update on the studio’s reboot potentially belongs in the former camp.
Given that this is a project that has flirted with development since 2002, it almost goes without saying to file the following slice of speculation firmly in the rumors and speculation category. With that said, the alleged report claims that Warner is now gearing up for a live-action trilogy based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s genre-defining anime, and that Christopher Nolan himself could be on board to produce.
Eagle-eyed fans will recall that the studio recently pegged Nolan’s latest, yet-to-be-revealed »
- Michael Briers
Akira is one of those on again, off again projects that has haunted Hollywood for years. Word that Warner Bros had rights to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga and anime first broke in 2002, and news about the movie has faded in and out occasionally ever since.
At one stage, Keanu Reeves was thought to be attached. Later, it was said that director Jaume Collet-Serra was in line to make it, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart said to be among the cast. Reeves' name was soon detached from the project, while Collet-Serra, when asked about Akira by Collider back in March, said the future of the adaptation was "a Warner Bros question."
Since then, it's been announced that Akira's still happening, with the movie being »
As stories of Fantastic Four's production woes spread, Ryan looks behind the scenes at the body horror superhero film we'll never see...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Fantastic Four.
Casting controversy. Months of rumours about a tortuous, troubled production. Director Josh Trank’s already infamous (now deleted) tweet. The unrelentingly negative reviews.
Having already lived through all that, sitting in a darkened multiplex and actually watching Fox’s Fantastic Four feels less like a normal viewing experience and more like archaeology.
Where is Trank, the director of the superb Chronicle, in among all this? What happened to the David Cronenberg fan who wanted to make a "science fiction tale of something happening to your body and it transforming out of your control" according to a Collider interview? The superhero movie that would fit into the "science fiction, or horror, or even drama sections" of the old Blockbusters video chain? »
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After a long delay, we may be finally getting a live action adaptation of one of the greatest Japanese animated movies and manga ever made: Akira.
Katsuhiro Otomo’s adaptation of his own manga back in 1988 told the story of a bike gang leader involved in a secret government project, and for years a live-action version of the story has been in the works.
The Wrap reported Monday that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is picking Akira back up off the shelf, producing the project with the help of a writer behind Netflix’s Daredevil series, Marco Ramirez. Though details are scarce, Ramirez is intended to take a new stab at the script, which has previously suffered setbacks and criticisms from the actors and producers involved and gone through several iterations.
- Brian Welk
For better or worse, it looks like we might finally be getting that live-action Akira movie we've been promised/threatened with since Warner Bros. acquired the rights back in 2008. THR report that the movie is back on with Daredevil scribe (who'll take over as co-showrunner with Doug Petrie for season 2) Marco J. Ramirez as writer. Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is arguably the most popular manga of all time, and there have been several attempts to adapt the material for the big screen. Jaume Collet-Serra came closest in 2012 with the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter all in talks for the lead roles, but script and budget issues led to the plug being pulled. The story focuses on two members of a bike gang, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who become enemies when the latter develops unstable psychic abilities. That's only barely scratching the surface of the »
The controversial live-action Akira film is back again, with Warner Bros taking a fresh stab at bringing it to the screen.
Warner acquired the rights to Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary manga in 2008, and has since been fighting to bring it to the big screen.
The filmmaker said earlier in the year that there had been no movement in getting Akira off the ground.
Ramirez was a writer on FX's Sons of Anarchy.
Fans have been upset by the now traditional move to whitewash the original story, which is set in Neo Tokyo in 2019.
For a less controversial take on Akira, »
Way back in 2007, Warner Bros. announced development of a massive new live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal manga Akira. Three years later it was shut down. Two years ago it was back on again. Then it was shut down again. And while we've heard nothing since, there's suddenly evidence this morning that the project is still chugging away at the studio. Marco Ramirez, writer of several episodes of Daredevil's first season, and co-showrunner of the forthcoming second, has been given the mammoth task of Akira's latest screenplay.The Hollywood Akira, thought to be relocating to New Manhattan from Neo Tokyo, is still under the aegis of Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company. After several screenplay drafts, including one by Children Of Men writers Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, Albert Hughes signed on to direct in 2010.When he moved on, Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night) stepped in to replace him. »
Marco Ramirez has been hired to write a screenplay for a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s popular anime and six-volume manga story Akira. More details on the back-from-the-dead Akira adaptation after the jump. Ramirez comes from television. He was a writer on Sons of Anarchy, Orange Is the New Black, Da Vinci’s Demons, and is the […]
- Peter Sciretta
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